Cloudiness, rain likely till Friday

MANILA -- Cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms, which may trigger flash floods and landslides, will be experienced over Eastern and Central Visayas, Caraga, Davao and Northern Mindanao regions, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 24-hour forecast released Thursday afternoon.

Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolatedthunderstorms are expected over rest of the Visayas and of Mindanao and in Palawan province.

Tail-end of a cold front is affecting eastern parts of the Visayas and of Mindanao.

PAGASA also forecast partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains over Metro Manila and rest of Luzon.

The northeast monsoon or "amihan" is affecting Luzon. Moderate to strong winds from the northeast will prevail over the entire Philippine archipelago where seas will be moderate to rough.

Strong to gale-force winds associated with "amihan" may affect Southern Luzon's eastern and southern seaboards covering the Camarines provinces, Catanduanes province, eastern coasts of Albay, Sorsogon and Quezon including Polilio Island as well as Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon Masbate provinces, Burias Island, southwesterncoasts of Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon and Quezon aside from Batangas province's southern coast, PAGASA said in its gale warning 10 released Thursday.

PAGASA also forecast strong to gale-force winds in the Visayas' eastern and western seaboards covering Samar, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan and Antique provinces.

Expected 52 kph to 63 kph winds can fan, in seaboards cited in PAGASA's warning, rough to very rough seas and waves up to 4.5 meters high.

"Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," PAGASA added. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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